Vanessa’s Wedding and Pittsburgh Tour

Dear Olen Family Members,

I will email  some  photos of the event that brought us to Pittsburgh, the wedding of Vanessa Vendetti and Matthew Hronas.

What a wonderful and blessed occasion that was to attend a “church” wedding, and to meet Matthew’s family and Vanessa and Matthew’s many friends in Pittsburgh. It was great also to see Debbie with Vanessa and to visit with Dennis who lives in Scottsdale.

On Sunday, September 23, Terry and I, Paul and Mary Jane, and Debbie took a tour of family places in Pittsburgh.

Before leaving, I compiled a list of addresses of places to visit and went to Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh on Friday to look up addresses from a 1950 telephone book.

We started our tour with a visit to the graves of Jean and Ralph Schlossnagel, Uncle Eddy’s sister and brother in law. From there we went to North Fairmount street and met the current owner of the house occupied by Grandpa Adolph and family. Across the street was the house of my Grandparents, Harry and Sarah Bishirjian. The current owner was delighted to meet someone from “the past” and wanted to know what those barrels in the basement were for.  We next visited Uncle Walter’s house and from there we visited Mt. Royal Cemetery and the graves of the Olens. Debbie placed flowers at the grave site.  At that point, we were hungry and had a bite to eat at a wonderful little restaurant.

Next we headed to Bigelow Blvd. where I lived with my parents from about 1946 to 1958. A family photo which I sent all Olen family members was taken in front of the oriental rug store. Everyone is in that photo! The store is now a restaurant.  On the way, we drove past First Trinity.

Places to visit in Pittsburgh

Eddie Olen’s Full Pint Brewing Co., 1963 Lincoln Hwy. North Versailles, PA.

The Adolph Olen home in East Liberty at 322 North Fairmont Street, 322 North Fairmount Street

First Trinity Evangelical Lutheran, 531 N Neville St, Pittsburgh, PA · (412) 683-4121). Site of East End Lutheran School where George, Eddie and Richard went to school

Mt. Royal Cemetery
2700 Mount Royal Blvd.
Glenshaw (Shaler Twp.), PA 15116-1616
(412) 487-5100

Walter & Peggy Olen’s house, Point Breeze, 621 Gettysburg Street

Uncle Walter’s Slippery Rock Creek Cabin On Rte 8, across from Keister’s farm, about 30 miles North from Butler, PA

William & Lottie Olen’s house in Turtle Creek, Address TBA

Bill & Janet Olen’s grocery store, “North Side”, 1209 Monterrey

Uncle Jack’s rug store, 3887 Bigelow Blvd.

Uncle Sanford & Aunt Elfrida’s house, Weirton Heights (next to a Drive In) and Marland Heights, neighbors were the Remenars, Weirton, WVA

 Five Other Places to Visit:

 1  A terrific historical tour of Clayton, Frick Mansion (Clayton)

2. Heinz Regional History Center, 1212 Smallman St., Pittsburgh, PA 15222 (where you can see an old “street car”)

3. The Strip District (night life)

4. The Incline, Go to the “Station Square” area and catch the Incline to Mt. Washington

5. Penn Brewery, 800 Vinial Street, 412 237 9400Terry and I have eaten lunch at this old brewery where an excellent Pilsner is brewed. Pick up a case of Penn Pilsner at a beer distributor on your way home.